Can Teaneck Save Small Businesses?
Does local government have a responsibility to support merchants?
News last week that longtime Teaneck hardware store Ludewig's would close after 100 years in the township was the latest announcement that an area small business was folding.
Teaneck has seen neighborhood landmarks Louie's Charcoal Pit and Cedar Lane Cinemas also shut down. In Englewood, decades-old hardware store Mitchell Simon Co. also closed, citing a decline in sales and increased costs.
Some Patch readers have called on township officials to respond to the high-profile closures in Teaneck. Others have said the market is simply changing in North Jersey. While residents have balked a proposed Walgreens on Cedar Lane, the project's backers say the chain store has been the only serious offer for the location.
Do you think local government should do anything to support small businesses? If so, what can officials do? Or is the problem bigger than Teaneck? Do you expect more neighborhood stores to close?
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